The front page of Thursday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo talks about Barcelona’s interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
The 23-year-old has impressed for Spain in the two international fixtures against England and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. He scored in both the matches and was the standout player against the Three Lions.
It’s claimed there are several conditions for the player to leave the Wanda Metropolitano and the Catalan newspaper takes a look at Saul’s situation, with him having a €150m release clause in his contract that will expire in 2026.
If a club make an offer for Saul and the numbers satisfy Diego Simeone’s side, then the report claims the Spanish capital club must inform Barcelona and should they decide to match the offer received by Atletico, then he will move to the Camp Nou.
Five years ago, the Spanish champions sold David Villa to Atletico for €2m and Barcelona and as part of the deal it’s stated they got priority status for signing two Atletico youngsters: One was Javier Manquillo, and the other one Saul.
Saul’s loyalty lies with Atletico and he has expressed his desire to grow with the club.
That, rather than a €150m clause, is the rojiblanco’s real protection from Barcelona right now.
Barca are keen, DNA is dragged up, and it’s a €150m possibility, depending on how Saul feels.